5 Reasons You Should Play Orcs Must Die! 2

Matt Smith 10-08-2012

5 Reasons You Should Play Orcs Must Die! 2 orcsmustdie1Sometimes an indie game comes out of seemingly nowhere and blows up on the scene, gaining significant attention and much praise. Orcs Must Die! was a perfect example. The game, which was largely unknown until just before its release, gained numerous positive reviews and did so well that its developer has released a sequel just nine months later.


As good as Orcs Must Die! was, it was a little thin on features. This has been addressed with the new version. This is an awesome game with broad appeal – and the Orcs sure aren’t going to kill themselves!

Taking The Boring Out Of Tower Defense

Orcs Must Die! 2 is part of the tower defense The Three Best 3D Tower Defense Games For The PC Tower Defense is one of the most popular game genres today, and it’s easy to see why. The basic idea – mowing down enemies as they approach your fortifications – is both satisfying and easy... Read More genre, which is a bit like an insult. Most games in the genre play like a terribly paced puzzler – the player places turrets and then has to wait twenty minutes to see if they did their job. It’s not unusual for games in this genre to include a fast forward button, and that feature is sorely missed when it’s not offered.

Robot Entertainment solves this problem by tacking on a healthy dose of third-person action The 6 Best Free-To-Play Action Games [MUO Gaming] The free-to-play revolution is gaining momentum every month. Many of the games are still titles that allow developers to easily place a price on game mechanics, items or units – but some action games are... Read More . You’re no longer commanding from the stratosphere. You’re on the ground, with a gun or magic wand, going toe-to-toe with the orcs attempting to bypass your defense. They’re no idle threat, either. They’ll attack you, stun you, poison you. You can die, and while you do respawn, you also lose points.

As you level up you obtain new weapons and abilities. One of my favorite is a Wind Belt that pushes back enemies in an arc. If they happen to be standing by a cliff, well, orcs don’t fly so well.

Orcs Must Die! (With Friends)

The original game was great, but missing an important feature – multi-player. A game that combines action and strategy begs to be played with friends, but that just wasn’t possible.


Now, it is. And Robot Entertainment didn’t stop there. They added an entirely new character, the Sorceress, who has a few unique abilities and weapons. Most of the same traps and weapons are available to both characters but the special options add additional flavor.

Co-op isn’t just an afterthought, either. It’s arguably the focus of the game. Most of the maps include multiple lanes that are best covered by multiple characters and there’s great banter between the two. It’s easily one of the best co-op experiences to come out this year.

The Right Flavor

5 Reasons You Should Play Orcs Must Die! 2 orcsmustdie2

Another problem with the tower defense genre is its lack of flavor. Most involve some sort of vague, powerful threat which is never really explained but provides a wide variety of opponents. You slaughter them, but you may not understand them.


That’s not a problem here. There are orcs. You must kill them. Why? Because they’re freaking orcs! Haven’t you ever read a fantasy novel before? These guys were cool to kill way before zombies.

It helps that the game includes wonderfully cartoonish 3D graphics and witty banter from both the playable characters and the unfortunate orcs. I’ve probably heard an orc cry “Mommmmyyy…” a hundred times, but I still can’t help but smile.

A Good Trap Is Its Own Reward

It’s wonderful to see a good plan come together. That goes double when your plan includes spring-loaded floor spikes, an automated pusher trap and a wall of blades.

There are nearly no automated turrets in this game, and that’s to its credit. You can’t just plop down some machine guns and wait for them to cut down opponents. Placement is crucial and the interaction between different traps becomes its own challenge. Should you push orcs into a wall of spinning blades or shoot spikes through their feet before dousing them with flames?


All of this wouldn’t matter if the animations weren’t great, but they are. Thrown in a decent physics engine and you have the makings of emergent comedy. My personal favorite trap is the Haymaker, a spinning club that hangs from the ceiling and sends orcs flying in all directions. It’s effective. And hilarious.

Orcs Die, Your Wallet Lives

Orcs Must Die! 2 is only $14.99 on Steam. That’s not a sale price. That’s full retail. You can also buy a two-pack for $24.99 and gift the second game to a friend for some co-op action.

This is not a long game if you simply play through the campaign levels on default difficulty (I’d say about 10 to 14 hours) but there’s a good forty hours of gameplay for players who want to achieve a perfect rating on all the campaign and Endless Mode (think survival) maps. That’s a heck of a lot of stuff to do for $14.99.

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  1. Stephanie w
    August 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Hey, I wasn't sure where to ask this. I traded points for Orcs Must Die 2 here on MakeUseOf, only I cannot work out how to redeem it. Does anyone know, or know who/where to ask?

    • Matt Smith
      August 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Hi Stephanie,

      It's a Steam code, so you need to enter it there to obtain the game. If you have any other troubles email me

  2. Elijah Swartz
    August 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    The game does seem pretty good. I enjoyed the first one. I would like to get it using the MUO points (when they are back in stock) or buy it during Steam's Winter sale.

  3. Ales Mole
    August 11, 2012 at 5:46 am

    I've got it from makeuseof giveaway and I love it. It's very addictive game...getting harder and harder...:)

  4. Dan Worwood
    August 11, 2012 at 5:18 am

    I guess I better go buy a copy

  5. vineedcool
    August 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    makeuseof pls giveaway some more steam games!!!

    • Lambvolution
      August 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      agree with you... Skyrim giveaway will be awesome!

  6. vineedcool
    August 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    i hav one,,,,pls add me on my steam id

  7. Alex
    August 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you! I just started playing this game.

  8. Vipul Jain
    August 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Does this game end? I mean though it might be long but like Diablo series, do have an end?
    Or is it like Counter Strike, never ending?

    • Jon Smith
      August 13, 2012 at 3:47 am

      are you playing endless mode lol?

      • Vipul Jain
        August 13, 2012 at 4:41 am

        lol no..
        i didnt have the game then, was asking before getting it :p